MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to extend service life of plain bearings and reduce costs
Replacing traditional metallic bearings with high-performance tribopolymer parts will extend service life and reduce costs, particularly in demanding environments where water or caustic chemicals are present. Typical applications include equipment used outdoors and those requiring wash-down, such as food and beverage or pharmaceutical processing.
Shaft collars for machine tools
To match the varied needs of machine tool manufacturers, Ruland Manufacturing Co., Inc. offers over 2500 standard shaft collars. Machine tool manufacturers require round bore, threaded, and bearing locknut type shaft collars to meet the diverse needs of mills, lathes, bar feeders, coilers and other CNC-controlled equipment. Ruland clamp style shaft collars are manufactured from select materials, have fine finishes, high holding power and precise face to bore perpendicularity, making them well suited for the demands of machine tools.
How to save money when specifying process valves
Kai Feller, Product Manager for Process Automation at Festo, says customers often over-specify process valves, which can result in them paying significantly more than they need to. The following advice will help to ensure that the optimum valve is specified each time, resulting in cost savings but without compromising performance or reliability.
Bonding systems: A track record of safety and success
The use of bonding systems is gaining increasing popularity among machine builders as more and more come to recognise the potential advantages on offer. For instance, bonding systems enable manufacturers to incorporate new materials into their designs, combining their properties to best effect. Indeed, taking a design approach that embraces adhesives and sealants means that imagination becomes the only restriction in creating a new generation of class-leading machines.
Save time with automated cable identification
Well-identified cables often are a customer requirement. They are also necessary to deliver standardised cable assemblies and to produce more efficiently. However, identifying cables can be very time consuming, especially if it is done manually. By automating cable identification you can save time, comply with customer requirements, deliver standardised assemblies and produce more efficiently all at once.
Line scan bar - how it works, the benefits and applications
Stemmer Imaging has produced a short video guide that explains what a line scan bar is, how it works, its benefits, and some typical applications.
Solving the productivity puzzle with technology and training
With manufacturing productivity in Q4 2016 growing by 1.7 per cent on the previous quarter – but overall growth still lagging behind the curve – the UK economy continues to be haunted by the “productivity puzzle”. Engineering adhesives specialist Intertronics works with its customers to enhance their productivity in order to compete in both home and export markets.
Keeping the ball rolling: getting bearing lubrication right
Did you know that the slinky was invented by accident when naval engineer Richard Jones was trying to make a meter to monitor power on naval battleships? Jones dropped a tension spring, and just like that a world-wide phenomenon was born. But what about those accidents that are less happy, the one’s you don’t notice until it’s almost too late? Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of specialist bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explores how to keep the ball rolling when standard bearing lubrication lets you down.